Work must be very painful for you to quit your job in a fit of frustration or rage. You might want to rethink alternatives and implications rather than make a quick decision.  Your future and that of your family needs to be considered. Here are some thoughts:


  1. Even if you’re independently wealthy, the questions from future interviewers will be: “Why did you leave your last employment, how long have you been unemployed, and have you fallen behind up-to-date technology?”  Hiring managers will be thinking, “If this candidate can dump another company, leaving the manager in a lurch, will he/she do the same to me?”


  1. Even if you don’t see any alternative, I strongly advise against quitting on the spot. Why would you consider it in the first place?  Some reasons:  You experience illegal activities, sexual harassment, immoral or unethical behavior, and so on.  Talk with an attorney first.  Unless there’s a witness or indisputable proof, you’ll be at a disadvantage while interviewing with a new employer.  What would you say that will be credible or provable?  There are, however, other ways to leave your current job.


  1. Consider one of three options: Ask for vacation time or a leave of absence in order to put a plan of action into place; ask for a transfer to another part of the company; or check out the marketplace to assess your marketability and the supply/demand equation.


  1. Finding a new job while you currently have a job is preferable because there isn’t a time gap between employers; you sill have an income, health benefits, and insurances; there is continuity in your career rather than a step down or a lateral shift; you don’t want to leave a very angry organization that will not be a good reference for you down the road.


  1. If you do quit hastily, how do you talk through a gap in your resume? What can you say? Here are a few alternatives that have helped others: (all are true)
  • Getting a degree or a succession of certifications in a technology within your function that you could not have gotten while working.
  • The need to support your parents or immediate family through a health issue that had to be worked through immediately, for less than a year.
  • Extended travel to a geographical region (Europe, Mideast, Asia) to gain proficiency and understanding of a culture and language to establish international credentials
  • The time demands and job pressures would have caused a mild “burn out” if the job had not been altered. You would have been unable to continue high performance and your value would have declined precipitously.


Sometimes staying on a bad job is exhausting and could affect your health.  But you need a plan.  How you leave a job is as important as entering a new one.  Your decision needs to be made through the prism of the future, not the past.


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